Book Talk: The Graveyard Book

Hello fellow ghouls and witches!

Since Halloween is Tuesday I thought a dark novel would be appropriate for the October Book Talk. Earlier this month I went searching for a great Halloween read, I picked up the classics (Lovecraft and King) and kept putting them down. I then realized that a new Halloween read was in store, something that I have never read before. This led me to The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

This novel has been out for a few years (since 2008 to be exact), but it’s something one should read to get into the Halloween spirit! Graveyard is marketed as a children’s fantasy novel, and it includes a few illustrations by Dave McKean. With this being said, you can find it shelved in the adult science fiction and fantasy section with a different cover, right next to the graphic novel adaption.

Most know this novel to be Gaiman’s adaption of The Jungle Book, but the setting is among the dead and not the beasts of the lush jungle. After reading the novel it’s easy to see the similarities, but I don’t think you should go into this book expecting an exact replica of The Jungle Book. You will not be disappointed; the story keeps the reader interested and the character development is amazing.

In the first chapter the reader encounters Nobody Owens, also known as Bod. He is a toddler that has just mindlessly stumbled into the graveyard, not realizing that someone is coming to murder him. The residents within the cemetery understand that Bod’s life is at risk, so they come together and make a decision to raise the boy as their own.

As Bod grows up he begins to ask questions about the town outside of the wrought iron gates. His guardian, Silas, tries to keep him safe by telling him to not leave the confinements of home. Bod does not listen and eventually comes face to face with the man that tried to kill him years before.

It may seem as if I gave a bit too much away, but trust me, I didn’t even tell you a sixteenth of the story!

I couldn’t put this book down. As I read I felt for Nobody Owens and those of the living and dead he encountered. All my questions were answered by the end of the story too, which is very important to me!

Graveyard has won four awards and deserves it. If you are looking for a new ghoul-filled read, look no further. Do not let the category of “children’s” scare you away. There are a lot of lessons to be learned for young and old in this story, and it’s one the whole family can enjoy.

Stalking Jack The Ripper Book Talk

Okay guys I just want to start out by saying that I’m just going to call book reviews, “Book Talks.” These aren’t going to be deep reviews, some of them might be, but I don’t plan on it. Also, I just like the way “Book Talk” sounds!

I bought this book because I liked the cover: a girl, playing with a knife, set in the 1800’s, clearly dealing with Jack the Ripper. After I bought this book it sat on my “to be read” pile for a few months. I didn’t touch it because I didn’t think it could be that good, and honestly I’m not a James Patterson fan. I think putting his name on the book deterred me from reading this novel longer.

Once I decided to hack away at this story I couldn’t put it down. The characters that Kerri Maniscalo creates within this story are layered and witty. Audrey Rose is a feminist in a time where very few exist. She wants to follow her passion of, what today we would call, a Forensic Pathologist. She fights to do what she is passionate about and finds (what I consider to be one of the best characters ever) Thomas. Through their work they are introduced to the victims of Jack the Ripper and Audrey takes it upon herself to find the identity of this gruesome killer.

But, honestly though, Thomas is the best. Think of a more forward, flirty, and attractive Sherlock Holmes and you have Thomas. The chemistry the two have… PERFECTION. Okay, that’s all I’m going to say, don’t let my ships stop you from picking this book up because it isn’t as mushy as I’m making it sound.

Every time I thought I had Maniscalo’s Ripper figured out her characters would go to confront them; and I, as well as the characters, would be wrong. This book kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat until the very end!

It is shelved in the teen science fiction section. It is teen because there is no adult content or themes. Now for the science fiction part, I have read books that were heavier in this genre. The only part of the book that is science fiction is the last, I would say, two or three chapters. If you’re someone that loves to read Sci Fi then I would say this isn’t for you but if you stray more towards period dramas or mysteries and some fantasy then pick it up!

I love this book and I hope you will too. The author is as cute as can be too! I met her at BookCon 2017 in New York. She may have signed my book from Thomas, which made my heart swoon.

I’m going to leave you with a low quality picture of me kissing this book, because I love it that much!

Photo on 7-20-17 at 10.00 PM #3

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